Lions Archery Club
***Attention 2019/20 Archers and Parents:
Lions Archery Club is back!!! With previous donations from the Lion Foundation, Easton Foundation, and the National Archery in Schools Program, Camp Hill Lions Archery is starting at zero cost to the school district and participants.
This club is open to any student from 7th to 12th grade.
Weekly Practices will be held on Tuesday mornings in the gym! This year High School and Middle School will practice together on Tuesday morning. We have also added a few (8) afternoon practices this year.
AM Practice Time: 6:20-7:30 am PM Practice Time 3:30-4:40
Do your best to be on time for practices. I begin checking the doors at 6:15 and stop checking by 6:30. We may not prop the doors for safety reasons so getting to practice on time is highly important. You may not be allowed to participate on a given day if you arrive late.
Students may enter through the double doors on 24th street directly to the left of the high school office (when looking at the school). All students who aspire to shoot with the club must first attend the training to go over safety protocol and important information regarding practice times and upcoming competitions. I will be setting a make-up date for any who cannot attend this training, to be announced at a later time.
(Additional after school practices will be held if needed)
I would like to stress that this is a club and in no way will interfere with other school obligations. Grades and school work come first! Eligibility is checked for both the High School and Middle School teams on a weekly basis. This club is completely open and practices are non-mandatory although you must regularly attend practices to be included in any competitions.
Please Sign up for Lions Archery Club SEESAW for up to date reminders and archery lessons. See the SEESAW sign-up sheet for more info.
Safety is our number one priority. Unsafe conduct may exclude you from participation in club archery. At all times while on the shooting range archers must follow range rules and be alert for safety concerns.
1 Whistle = Shoot
2 Whistles = Get Bows
3 Whistles = Go get arrows
5 or more = Emergency
In competition archers shoot 1 practice round followed by three scoring rounds from the distances of 10 and 15 meters. Each round consists of five arrows with a maximum score of 10 points per arrow during scoring rounds. In a competition as described above the maximum score for all six scoring rounds is 300.
11 Steps to Archery Success
- STANCE - Place one foot on each side of the shooting line. Find a comfortable balanced stance with your feet shoulder width apart. Stand straight and tall, with your head up and your shoulders down and relaxed. Archers shooting in a wheelchair should place one wheel on each side of the line.
- NOCK - Place the arrow on the arrow rest, holding the arrow close to the nock. Keep the index (odd colored) fletching pointing away from the bow. Snap the nock of the arrow onto the bowstring under the nock locator.
- SET DRAW HAND - Set the groove of your first three fingers around the bowstring creating a hook. Keep the back of your drawing hand relaxed.
- SET BOW HAND- Set your bow hand on the grip using only the web and the meaty part of your thumb. Your bow hand should stay relaxed throughout the entire shot.
- PRE-DRAW - Raise our bow arm towards the target, while keeping your shoulder down. Look at the target through the sight ring, and line up the bowstring with the center of the bow. Rotate your bow arm elbow under. The elbow of your drawing arm should be near the level of your nose.
- DRAW - Draw the bow back by rotating your draw arm shoulder around until your elbow is directly behind the arrow. Continue looking at the target and keep the string lined up with the center of the bow as you draw. Maintain a continuous drawing motion throughout the shot.
- ANCHOR - Draw the string to the front of your chin, placing the knuckle of your index finger directly under the side of your jaw*. The string and string hand should be felt firmly against your jaw bone. Lightly touch the string to the center of your nose. Continue to draw the bow smoothly, without stopping.* Beginners should anchor with your first finger at the “corner of your smile”.
- AIM - Focus your eyes and your concentration on the center of the target, looking through the site ring. Keep the string lined up with the center of the bow. Continue your smooth gradual draw.
- SHOT SET-UP – After reaching the anchor point and begun your sight alignment, create a slight movement from your drawing shoulder and arm to the rear. You can release anytime during this process. This is done exactly the same with the String Bow and the real bow.
- RELEASE - Simply release the tension in your fingers and drawing hand, all at once, while you continue the drawing motion without stopping. Continue extending the bow arm towards the target as you release. Continue focusing on the target.
- FOLLOW-THROUGH and REFLECT- Your drawing hand continues back beside the neck with fingers relaxed, ending up near the shoulder. Bow arm continues extension towards the target for a recurve, and maintains its position for a compound shooter. Continue focusing on the target Maintain your follow-through until the arrow hits the target, or until your fingers touch your back shoulder fora compound shooter.